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Chevrolet Volt window sticker
93 mpg on battery power, 37 mpg on gasoline power

After a cluster bomb that was unleashed yesterday when the Nissan Leaf was rated for an EPA estimated 99 mpg -- even though it is a "battery only" vehicle -- General Motors is dropping a bunch of digits on us when it comes to the EPA rating for its Chevrolet Volt.

According to the window sticker that will be plastered on all new Volts sold in the U.S., the vehicle is rate at an equivalent of 93 mpg when running on electricity, and a more sedate 37 mpg when the gasoline engine kicks in after the battery is depleted. This two figures combined give the Volt a "composite" rating of 60 mpg.

And here are some more numbers -- the Volt will have an official "battery only" range of 35 miles, while the total driving range (taking into account the batteries and the gasoline tank) will be 379 miles.

When the Volt was first announced, GM said that the vehicle would have a 40-mile range when running on battery power. The company recently revised that figure to 25-50 miles.

The Volt will go on sale later this month with a price tag of $41,000 before a $7,500 federal tax credit.



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RE: Not so stellar, but...
By Alexvrb on 11/25/2010 5:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
The Volt is also faster, better looking, and better handling. In addition to significantly more electric-only miles. It's more expensive, yes, but for a reason. It is a better experience for the driver. The Prius drives like a cheap econobox.

I wouldn't buy either of them, at this point. But it makes me laugh when people only quote battery-depleted MPG and declare the Prius the better car. By that logic, an old CRX clearly beats the crap out of a modern Civic.

Also, the Prius runs in gas mode way more often in my type of daily drive. The Volt? Only when it runs out of juice, or (for efficiency reasons, read up on the transmission) at high speeds on the highway.


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